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About the subpoena process

This Policy sets out the relevant information required to issue a subpoena upon the Department, the Minister or the Secretary. If you require any further information, please contact 1300 305 695.



Subpoenas for production of documents or other items should be addressed to:


The Secretary and/or the relevant Minister (however the Department accepts subpoenas addressed to the Department or the "Proper Officer").


Subpoenas to give evidence in court to be served on a Departmental officer in his or her capacity as an officer of the Department should be addressed to that officer.


Both types of subpoenas should be served on:

Legal Services Branch Department of Planning and Environment
Level 22, 320 Pitt St, Sydney 2000



Every subpoena should allow at least five clear working days notice from the date of service for compliance.


Costs for formal and informal production

  • To be paid upon service of the subpoena: $55 upfront amount for reasonable costs and expenses (includes up to first hour of staff time and up to 20 black and white A4 photocopies [or equivalent in cost]);plus
  • $30 p/h staff time (for work required to comply with subpoena above 1 hour). Work done in complying with a subpoena may include but is not limited to, searching, reviewing and collating files and/or documents; plus
  • Photocopying charges for entire files (beyond the first 20 A4 black and white pages [or equivalent in cost]) to be produced at a rate of:
Type Fee

A4 (black and white)

20 - 100 pages
101 - 300

50c per page
40c per page
30c per page

A3 (black and white)

70c per page

A4 (Colour)
$3.00 per page
A3 (Colour)
$6.00 per page
CD (copying and/or scanning)
$15.00 per CD

A written undertaking may be required to pay copying expenses.


Costs for court attendance

The ordinary salary of any staff member attending court and any additional expenses including travel and accommodation, associated with his/her attendance may be required to be paid.

Page last updated: 13/06/2019